Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Turf toe is a sports-related injury commonly associated with athletes who play on artificial turf. It is a sprain that occurs when the big toe joint is bent upwards at a significant angle. Turf toe injuries are frequent in sports that involve rapid starts, stops, and pivots, such as football, soccer, or basketball. Additionally, the hard surface of artificial turf increases the likelihood of turf toe, compared to natural grass, because it gives less cushioning for sudden movements. Symptoms of turf toe include pain, swelling, and limited joint movement at the base of the big toe. Rest and elevation are important for mild injuries, whereas severe cases may require immobilization of the toe with taping, stiff-soled footwear, or even a walking boot. Athletes benefit from wearing appropriate footwear that offers sufficient support to minimize the risk of turf toe and other similar injuries. If you suspect a turf toe injury, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment options. 

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Michael Tomey, DPM of Cary Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Cary, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the plantar fascia, often affects individuals between 40-60 years old. This is due to factors like excessive pronation, high arches, or prolonged standing that affect the broad band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. One of the main symptoms of plantar fasciitis is sharp heel pain, particularly in the morning or after rest, which can radiate along the foot's arch. Initial management of plantar fasciitis may involve reducing inflammation and pain by moderating activity, taking certain pain relievers, and wearing properly fitting shoes. A podiatrist can assess factors like foot structure, gait abnormalities, and muscle imbalances that may contribute to the condition. Physiotherapy with stretching and strengthening exercises also may be implemented. A podiatrist may recommend advanced treatments like corticosteroid injections for persistent symptoms. In severe cases, podiatric surgical options, such as plantar fasciotomy, may be considered. It is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist, who can conduct a thorough exam and suggest the best treatment options for plantar fasciitis discomfort. 

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Michael Tomey, DPM from Cary Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Cary, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Sunday, 12 May 2024 00:00

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused by repeated pressure on the posterior tibial nerve near the ankle. It can lead to debilitating symptoms such as pain, numbness, or tingling sensations, often radiating into the sole of the foot or inside the ankle. This compression occurs within the tarsal tunnel, which is a narrow passageway bound by bone and soft tissue. Tarsal tunnel syndrome's origins include severely flat feet, benign bony growths, and varicose veins. Inflammation from arthritis, lesions or masses near the tibial nerve, and trauma from ankle sprains or fractures also may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome. Patients with conditions like diabetes are at further risk. Left untreated, tarsal tunnel syndrome can cause permanent and irreversible nerve damage that may affect mobility and hinder completing daily activities. If you suspect you may be experiencing symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan. 

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Michael Tomey, DPM of Cary Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Cary, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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